Franklin County Seahawks took to the road Friday night to face district opponent Chipley, but the Tigers proved to be too much and won 63-32.
The Seahawks took their opening possession of the game and drove down the field thanks to a 51-yard run by junior Dalyn Sheridan. The Seahawks had the ball on the 3 yard line and looked to score after fullback Rufus Townsend’s fumble was recovered in the end zone.
But the officials ruled the Seahawks had two men in motion, and took an early 3-0 lead on Yanni Pateritsas’ 26-yard field goal. The junior kicker has yet to miss this season.
Chipley answered the Seahawks with a score of their own and the first half turned out to be a slugfest.
Sheridan would strike again for the Seahawks with 3:44 left in the first half on a 14-yard run, and Chipley took a 42-10 halftime lead.
“I told our kids to keep playing hard. Don’t look at the scoreboard, just play hard for the next two quarters. We did some great things in the first half, but it seemed like every time we did, the officials had thrown a flag and negated our efforts. We had a long touchdown pass called back. We had a motion penalty that cost us a touchdown, and Chipley scored three touchdowns aided by penalties that weren’t called. But, that’s just part of the game and you deal with it and move on,” said coach Randy Brock.
With a sense of urgency in the second half, the Seahawks came out determined to turn their fortunes around. Sheridan again put the Seahawks on the board with a 33-yard touchdown run with 11:24 left in the third quarter. Sophomore quarterback Micah McLeod hit junior wideout Zacc Townsend for a 20-yard touchdown pass and later sneaked one in for a 1-yard touchdown run. Senior Tyler Howard converted the two point conversion to end the scoring for the Seahawks, who outscored and outplayed Chipley n the second half.
“I know a lot of people will look at that score and think we got crushed, but actually as crazy as it sounds, the score was not a true indication of how the game went,” said Brock. “Our kids are so young and right now, we are beat up. We’ve lost two kids for the season with injuries, and we had another four kids that didn’t dress out tonight because of injuries, we just got two kids back from the injured list, and we lose two tonight with injuries. It’s one of those years. We won’t use that as an excuse though.
“We will keep working and keep getting better. We are very close to turning that corner,” he said.
McLeod finished the game 12 for 33 passing, for 255 yards, two interceptions and one touchdown. He also rushed for a score.
Sheridan carried the ball 95 yards, and scored twice. He also caught a pass for 20 yards.
Howard carried the ball eight time for 55 yards, scored a two-point conversion, and caught two passes for 39 yards.
Sophomore Ethan Riley caught eight pass receptions for 65 yards, and Townsend snared five passes for 119 yards, and one touchdown.
Sophomore Tonnor Segree had 15 total tackles, six solo and nine assisted, while sophomore Michael Taylor had nine assisted tackles, Sophmore Rufus Townsend, senior Justin Arellano and freshman Jose Aguilar each eight, and sophomore Colton Evans six tackles.